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Ornament Keepsake Tutorial

I finally had time to make the beautiful Ornament on the cover of the 2012 Holiday Catalog. Special thanks to Linda Heller for her insightful tips.

Following is a step by step tutorial on how to put it together. A list of supplies are at the end of this post.

Start by cutting six 3″ x 12″ strips of Very Vanilla card stock. Then stamp 20 of each ornament then run through the Big Shot.

To save time run both dies through the Big Shot at the same time.

Once they are all stamped and cut out. Place them in piles of four.

Fold three of the four ornaments in half.

Then use your bone folder to give it a tighter crease.

Use liquid glue (Tombow), to glue the three creased ornaments together. DO NOT attach to the non-folded ornament.

Using a two-way glue pen, glue around all the edges of the ornament, then add Dazzling Diamonds.  Set aside to let dry.

Next take your Scalloped Cherry Cobbler Tulle Ribbon and cut five pieces at 5.” Approximately three scallops wide.

Punch a 1-3/8″ circle out of card stock. Then glue the top part of the ornament upside down on the circle.

When the Dazzling Diamonds has dried, glue the 3-D ornament to the flat piece.

Using a hot glue gun, take your tulle and insert between each of the ornaments.

Quick Tip:Pinch the tulle in the middle then twist the bottom end then glue the twisted end to the base. The open end should be facing out when attached.

Next cut five pieces of Linen Thread at 12″ each.  To make double loops, fold in half to make 6″ then fold in half again to make 3″ then tie a knot at the bottom.

Next take your loops and lay them down the center of the 3-D ornament, then hot glue the knotted end at the base.

While the hot glue is drying. Take the smaller 3-D ornament and attach to the flat ornament.

Insert the smaller 3-D ornament at an upward angle on top of the tulle (between the green ornament).


Using the Rosette Bigz Die, cut a 1″ x 12″ strip of DSP. (I used Be of Good Cheer DSP). Then attach to the center with hot glue. Then hot glue a large Vintage Faceted Designer Button, topped off with a large pearl.

To give it a finished look on the backside, add a sentiment using a 2-1/2″ circle punch and adhere to the back.


To make the hanger, punch a 1/8″ hole at the top of the and string through an 8″ piece of Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon. Tie a knot at the ends then pull through showing the loop on top.

Your final project. Give it a try, it's easier than you think.

Your final project. Give it a try, it’s easier than you think.

Supplies:Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes

Ink:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler

Paper:  Very Vanilla Card stock and scrap card stock for 1-3/8″ circle

Accessories:  Holiday Ornaments Framelits Die, Designer Rosette Bigz XL die, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, 1/8″ Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon.  Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Large Basic Pearl, 2-1/2″ circle punch and 1-3/8″ circle punch, 1/8″ handheld circle punch.

Adhesive: Tombow Liquid Glue, Hot Glue Gun and 2-Way Glue Pen.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for looking.

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Coloring Glimmer Paper

This cool technique came from Andrea Withers from the Stampin’ Up home office.  I love how this turned out.

Simply take your reinkers and sponge dauber and pounce on your glimmer paper. Be sure to let dry completely before adding to your project.

This one is using the Island Indigo reinker on Silver Glimmer Paper

Try using different colors with the other glimmer papers.

Andrea Wither’s sample

Leave a comment if you have any questions.  Thanks for looking.


Stamp Set:  Greetings of the Season

Paper:  Whisper White and Silver Glimmer Paper

Ink:  Island Indigo Classic Ink and Island Indigo Reinker

Accesories:  Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Spritzer mixed with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and Dimensionals


Snow Much Fun

Watercoloring has always been a challenge for me.  However, with a little practice, I think I’m finally getting the hang of it and am happy with the results.   Notice how the Holiday Frame Texture Folder adds a nice dimension to the popped-up art piece.  To add sparkle to the card-front, the Stampin’ Spritzer was used with Champagne Shimmer Mist and alcohol.

Stamp Set:  Snow Much Fun
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green and Watercolor paper
Ink:  Black Stazon, Gumball Green, Early Espresso and Baja Breeze.  Stampin’ Write Markers for the bird, Summer Starfruit and Tangerine Tango
Accessories:  Aqua Painter, Holiday Frame Embossing Folder, Labels Collection Framelits, Cherry Cobbler Dazzlling Details, Cherry Cobbler Twine, Stampin’ Spritzer with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and Dimensionals


Catalog Case – Christmas Cheer Snowflake

This is a case from the SU Holiday Catalog on page 14.  Thanks to Linda Heller for sharing her tips, like running the snowflake die through the Big Shot three times, then take one of the large snowflakes, then clip off the round tips.

Card Size 5″ x 5″ Click on pic to see more details

Inside of card, sitting on top of a decorated envelope


Stamp Sets: Distressed Dots, Sweet Essentials and Delightful Dozen

Paper: Gumball Green, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper and Polka Dot Parade Real Red DSP

Ink:  Gumball Green

Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Cherry Cobbler Twine, Bigz Snow Flurry Die and 3 1/2: Circle Die, Dimensionals


Scentsationally Simple

We all know that less is more and these simple cards say it all. I love this new stamp set, Scentsational Season with the matching Holiday Collection Framelits Dies. It’s also available as a bundle set (see page 16 in the holiday catty).

Save time by running everything through the Big Shot in one pass.

Try it with the new scented embossing powders, Sugar and Spice and Peppermint Sticks. The scent lasts for two weeks and you can always refresh the scent by using a Versamarker pen, then heat emboss.

I can’t wait to try the new Early Espresso embossing powder for the gingerbread man and the Gumball Green embossing powder for the Christmas tree.

All images are popped up with dimensionals and rhinestones top it off for that sweet blingy touch. Ink colors used, real red, gumball green, early espresso and daffodil delight. I used Very Vanilla card stock and the corner rounder to finish it off.

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Designer Rosette Die

Do you love using paper rosettes in your craft projects? Are you even frustrated with how long it takes to cut, score and fold the rosette properly? Try Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Rosette die and make rosettes for your next project in a flash.

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Accordion Mini Scrapbook

The other day I posted a video by Carrie Cudney that showed how to make a “You’re a Gem” card holder. This little accordion album was inspired by Vil Maldonado and it’s made the same way as the card holder but without the side closures to hold the cards. The very vanilla cardstock on the inside was cut to 5-3/4″ x 9, scored at 3-1/8″, 3-1/2″, and 8-3/8″. This would be great for a quick and easy brag book or use for scrapping a weekend getaway.

Accordion Mini Scrapbook front

Accordion Mini Scrapbook inside

Accordion Mini Scrapbook backside

Stamps: Fresh Vintage, Bordering on Romance, Loving Thoughts
Paper: Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla cardstock, Everyday Enchantment DSP
Ink: Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Edgelits Die, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad pack, Pool Party Seam Binding

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Paper Doily Die

One of the benefits of using Sizzlit dies is the delicate and intricate designs they cut. Now, with Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Doily die you have the opportunity to create those beautiful detailed designs in a size that hasn’t been an option before.

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You’re a Gem Card Holder

Watch as Carrie from the the Stampin’ Up! Home Office teaches you how to use Stampin’ Up!’s Simply Scored tool and new Adorning Accents Edgelits Die to create a fun card holder.

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Sneak Peek Petite Purse Die

These four petite purses came together in less than 15 minutes. This little bag is perfect for holding treats, jewelry, money, or other small objects. And the small size is just right for party favors, class treats, or thank you gifts.  Click on video below to see how easy it is to put together.

SUMMER SMOOCHES PROMOTION STARTS APRIL 1! The Petite Purse Bigz L Die will be available in the 2012-2013 Stampin’ Up! Catalog on June 1. However, you will have a special opportunity to pre-order the die and other cool new products from the Summer Smooches collection, April 1 through April 30.

See Summer Smooches Brochure and Details

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